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Sustainable Living courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Do you dream of living more sustainably? Gain the hands-on skills and knowledge to make that dream a reality.

Learn to reduce your footprint on the planet in an affordable way, engage positively with your surroundings and help your community gain the benefits of sustainability too.

Choose from our nationally-recognised Permaculture certificate courses to one-day workshops and short courses.

Develop your interests in sustainability by enrolling, today.

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Backyard Permaculture Living Laboratory

Backyard Permaculture Living Laboratory

Your backyard may be the most essential learning space your family can have. In this course, you will learn how to use whole-systems thinking strategies to create a living-learning laboratory where children can play, eat healthily and understand nature. Learn how to apply permaculture principles within curriculum guidelines to support homeschooling, nature-based learning or caring educators. What to bring: Journal Pencils Photos of your backyard Own lunch and refreshments Important... [More]
$207 Limited inc GST / $186
Backyard Permaculture Living Laboratory

<p>Your backyard may be the most essential learning space your family can have. In this course, you will learn how to use whole-systems thinking strategies to create a living-learning laboratory where

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AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

Come on the journey to grow your permaculture know-how right in the green heart of Northern NSW! Permaculture is a richly rewarding career, where you can immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices. It can provide you with opportunities to work in community development locally and internationally, aid projects, integrated food production or design for sustainable living. You will learn how to: Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices Identify... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program (AHCPER411)
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Cost a project (AHCBUS407)
AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

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<p><strong>Come on the journey to grow your permaculture know-how right in the green heart of Northern NSW!</strong></p>

<p>Permaculture is a richly rewarding career,

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Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

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AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

Do you want to grow your passion, while creating and nurturing diverse types of green environments? A career in horticulture is a great choice if you enjoy working outdoors. It can provide you with vast opportunities to work within a wide range of horticulture settings. You will learn how to: Operate machinery and equipment Contribute to work health and safety processes Recognise plant specimens and provide information on their culture Conduct site inspections and coordinate work... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG345)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL305)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY313)
  • Maintain nursery plants (AHCNSY308)
  • Collect native seed (AHCECR305)
AHC30716 - Certificate III in Horticulture

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<p><strong>Do you want to grow your passion, while creating and nurturing diverse types of green environments?</strong></p>

<p>A career in horticulture is a great choice

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Click APPLY NOW which starts the enrolment process, by requesting an Application Form for this course.

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Colours from Nature

Colours from Nature

This course will introduce you to local and traditional plants which provide a harvest of dye or fibre materials and teach you how to grow your own. Learn cultivation and management techniques for growing these abundant and useful species. This short course will focus on planting and managing the dye and fibre garden. A must for those serious about sustainable fashion and basketry. Course participants will learn about a range of herbs and shrubs suitable to grow in the local area... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use simple and highly familiar spatial information for work (FSKNUM006)
  • Participate in familiar spoken interactions at work (FSKOCM003)
Colours from Nature

<p><strong>This course will introduce you to local and traditional plants which provide a harvest of dye or fibre materials and teach you how to grow your own.</strong></p>

<p>Learn cultivation and

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Homemade Beauty Products

Homemade Beauty Products

Learn how to make natural beauty products with simple ingredients that are easily found in your kitchen pantry. In this hands-on course you will create low tox beauty and body products for different personal needs. Every product is created with a conscious effort to support your wellbeing and the environment. What to bring: Water bottle Note pad Refreshments Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt... [More]
$121 Limited inc GST / $109
Homemade Beauty Products

<p>Learn how to make natural beauty products with simple ingredients that are easily found in your kitchen pantry. In this hands-on course you will create low tox beauty and body products for

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course held in the Beautiful Byron Shire. In this hands-on course you will discover how Permaculture principles can develop resilient systems, contributing to environmental, social and personal well-being. Through gaining a clear understanding of these principles you will be able to apply them to your everyday life and surroundings – from a small home garden to commercial production. You will learn how to... [More]
$1,500 Limited inc GST / $1,350
Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

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Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC

Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC

What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can we integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in our daily lives? We will explore the foundations of Permaculture, where ecological understanding meets modern design and where science meets the arts and traditional knowledge systems. Learn about the underlying patterns in nature and how comprehending and working with them can support you to live a richer, more easeful life. Topics covered include... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC

<p>What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can we integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in our daily lives? We will explore the foundations of Permaculture,

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Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC

Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC

Explore a range of simple plant propagation techniques including cuttings, root division and seed raising to allow you to grow a range of plants for your garden in a simple and cost effective manner. Learn a range of seed saving and storage techniques that empower you to secure the great diversity of food varieties on our planet. Discover how you can develop and evolve varieties of food plants that will have optimum productivity in the unique conditions of your own home garden.... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC

<p>Explore a range of simple plant propagation techniques including cuttings, root division and seed raising to allow you to grow a range of plants for your garden in a simple and cost effective

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Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC

Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC

The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature – earth, water, air and fire – define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how to analyse and map these powerful forces to support you to work with, rather than against them to achieve your lifestyle and production goals. Topics covered include: Introduction To Permaculture Design Comprehend Zones and Energy Flows Interpret and Complete a Sector Analysis... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC

<p>The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature – earth, water, air and fire – define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how

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Composting and Worm Farming

Composting and Worm Farming

Partnering with worms to create healthy soil makes good eco-sense. In this workshop, you will learn how to make a worm farm, how to care for the worms and how to work with worm leachate (juice) and castings. The tricks of hot and cool composting will be shared so you have endless food for your worms. You will learn to: Make a worm farm Care for worms Make worm tea with leachate (juice) Make hot and cool composting What to bring: Journal to take notes and clothes to work in.... [More]
$108 Limited inc GST / $97
Composting and Worm Farming

<p>Partnering with worms to create healthy soil makes good eco-sense. In this workshop, you will learn how to make a worm farm, how to care for the worms and how to work with worm leachate (juice)

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